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Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN

Eileen Fry-Bowers is an Associate Professor at Loma Linda University (LLU) in Loma Linda, California.  Dr. Fry-Bowers teaches graduate and post-graduate courses in health policy/health services and research and is formerly the Chairperson of the School of Nursing Research Committee.  She is also the Associate Director for Research for the LLU Institute for Health Policy and Leadership and previously directed the Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Leadership program in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at LLU. 

Her clinical experience spans multiple health care settings, including acute care facilities, community-based clinics and military institutions and she has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles in these settings.  She speaks and publishes on a variety of nursing, advanced practice nursing and health policy related topics.  She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP), licensed attorney, and a Navy Nurse veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  She was a Commissioner (1st District) for the Riverside County Commission for Women and has been actively involved in a variety of local and regional community public health initiatives. She also served on the board of directors for California Women Lead, Inland Empire Chapter; the board of directors for Kids Come First School-linked Pediatric Community Clinic; the board of directors for the American Heart Association (AHA), Inland Empire Chapter; and was a member the AHA Western States Affiliate Advocacy Advisory Task Force.

She is a national health policy mentor for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and a member of numerous professional organizations.  She is also Health Policy Department co-editor for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Dr. Fry-Bowers received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Loma Linda University School of Nursing; her master’s degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing; and her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Whittier Law School, where she was awarded the Dean’s Citation Award for service to the law school community and the public. She was also awarded the Rosenthal Scholarship from the California Bar Foundation.  She received her PhD from UCLA School of Nursing, with an emphasis in health services, where she was awarded a Chancellor’s Fellowship and named a University of California Regents Scholar. Her dissertation research focused on the association of maternal health literacy with structures, processes and outcomes of ambulatory care in young children.

She recently completed a federally funded post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA in the care of vulnerable populations with a focus on child health policy.  She is a member of the design team of the Child Health Services Transformation Initiative, a multi-site, multi-investigator network initiative that is monitoring the impact of the ACA on child health and leveraging its provisions to improve child health.  Her current  interests include examining the relationships between structures, processes and outcomes of care in vulnerable pediatric populations, pediatric workforce and nursing practice issues, and the impacts of legislative and regulatory change on the delivery of pediatric health services.  Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for a funded study, "Low-Income Latina Mothers' Perceptions of Care Coordination for Young Children at Risk For or Who Have a Developmental Disability" (Sigma Theta Tau International/Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award).